Helton

East Hamblen County resident Benjamin Helton was taken into custody Monday evening at his Beacon Light Road residence and charged with armed robbery and other offenses in connection with the June 9 holdup at the East End Pharmacy on East Andrew Johnson Highway, authorities say.

By late Tuesday morning, Helton, 37, had posted $207,500 bond and had been released from the Hamblen County Jail.

Law enforcement officials appear to have evidence linking him to the armed pharmacy holdup. Helton was on Morristown Police Department detective’s screen from the outset.

On the same day the pharmacy was robbed, narcotics detectives went to Helton’s Whitesburg address and confiscated approximately 45 oxycodone pills that were the “same shapes, sizes, colors and markings of the ones taken during the pharmacy robbery,” according to an arrest warrant.

A surveillance video showed the getaway car, a blue, late-model Kia Optima. A vehicle matching that description was located at Helton’s home in Whitesburg.

When officers executed a search warrant at the house on Monday, they found a handgun – not believed to be the one used in the holdup – and suspected 3 grams of marijuana. While the aggravated robbery charge is serious, it’s not the weightiest offense he’s facing.

For more details, read the Wednesday edition of the Citizen Tribune.